The Reconstruction Era is documented to have begun in 1865, almost immediately after the end of the Civil War and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. A large population of people had just become free but the real matter at hand centered on survival. Since they were not yet legal citizens, the freed slaves still had to rely heavily on those around them and such solution to their economic plight was sharecropping. At first, this concept w...
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...e Emancipation Proclamation, to the final ratification of the thirteenth amendment that freed the slaves, African Americans had to endure a lot during their fight for freedom and equality. With most struggles, there are triumphs as well as failures which was abundantly clear during the years of the Reconstruction Era and after going into the twentieth century. Changes to the Constitution as well as state legislature help ensure that the recently freed slave had equal opportunities to become prosperous and yet they still faced opposition at every step. The new African American that came forth still had a long way to go in order to be considered a true part of America. All in all, the freed man became free only to a certain extent with the help of the Reconstruction amendments but due to racism and unjustifiable hatred, were still unable to reach their full potential.
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